Experience At Home

We’re proud to be At Home in America and hiring some of the sharpest minds in the country. Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Analysts are recent college graduates who rotate to different departments and locations around the country. Check out their blog to get the inside scoop on everyday life at Volkswagen Group of America.

Partners in Education

Launched in September 2008, our Partners in Education program was designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next generation automotive engineering. We began with a five-year, $2.1 million Partners in Education initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the [...]

Hard at Work in America

When we opened our first location in the United States in 1955, we offered just one model — the enduring cultural icon affectionately known as the Beetle. While the fun-loving Beetle and the “Bus” were capturing American hearts, Audi was quickening pulses with quality, performance and technological innovation. Audi joined the Volkswagen Group in 1965. And [...]

One of the major differences between Volkswagen Group of America and other companies I’ve worked with in the past is the management style and the approach to work.

The managers I’ve met are pretty consistent across the board. On the style pipeline, they are open to suggestions, consider all ideas and inspire employees to do their best. As far as the work pipeline is concerned, you are generally allowed to independently approach projects with manager oversight. The last thing any employee wants is a work scenario that excludes critical thought. At Volkswagen Group of America you’re presented with projects and opportunities where you’re expected to brainstorm your ideas and implement creativity.

That’s what I signed up for and that’s exactly what my experience has been so far.

Ade

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The month of September brought exciting changes for me. After a long process of job shadowing, training, learning the procurement processes, and day-to-day activities, I started managing my own purchasing group. I enjoy having responsibility for a particular group of parts and set tasks similar to the Procurement Analysts for last portion of my time with Procurement, which is until November.

September also brought travel. I spent four days Davisville, Rhode Island to visit one of our five ports in the United States. I spent one day with the employees who work at the port, and had the opportunity to see the operation first hand. From there, I traveled with the Market Delivery Options (MDO) Team, from Davisville to Auburn Hills. The MDO team is responsible for add on part options to cars when they arrive at the port, before they are shipped to dealerships.

A week after I got back from Davisville, I headed to Chattanooga, home of our production factory. I was given the opportunity to act as a tour guide at the Chattanooga facility for the Global Top Management Conference.

Being a part of the Graduate Program has already given me so many neat opportunities, stay tuned for travel updates!

Steffani

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You are a proud owner of a Volkswagen Jetta. Remember the day the odometer rolled over to 6,000 miles and you took your car to the dealership for its first Volkswagen Carefree Maintenance? Your car was in and out within an hour and you were back on the road.

As your car grew older, you always knew you could count on the dealership for repairs (large or small), and be on your way with minimal interference to your day. If the dealership did not have a part they needed, they were able to order the part and have it in the shop by the next day.

As a customer, this is the kind of service you expect and deserve, but how do Volkswagen and Audi dealerships coordinate to get the parts they need to make this type of service possible?

The answer: Parts Logistics

The VWGoA Parts Logistics Organization is made up of 450 personnel in seven locations in the USA. Working together, the entire Parts Logistics business unit is responsible for supplying the North American Volkswagen and Audi dealer network with the best service and quality possible while minimizing costs.

The current VW Parts Logistics operational network is made up of five parts distribution centers (PDCs) and two redistribution centers (RDCs). Operations are supported by a number of corporate teams including: material information, lifecycle management, procurement, dealer support, parts operations support, parts planning and resource, finance, and transportation.

The number one goal of Parts Logistics is stakeholder satisfaction. This means satisfying our dealers, our affiliated supply chain partners, Volkswagen Group Management, and Volkswagen and Audi Brand Strategies.  To achieve this goal, the Parts Logistics organization takes a customer centric approach to continuous cost, physical network, and process optimization.

Exciting things are on the horizon for Volkswagen Group of America Parts Logistics! With the addition of new Passat production in America, Parts Logistics will be expanding and adding the capabilities required to export parts to the global markets where the vehicle will be sold.

I’ll continue to keep you posted,
Kyle

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This summer, I arrived in Herndon, Va. at Volkswagen Group of America’s corporate headquarters. The striking black, modern building was just what you would expect from a company that produces such incredible automobiles. As I walked into the lobby, I was greeted by a bright orange Lamborghini Murciélago.

It stopped me in my tracks.

I stood in awe, not just because of that vehicle, but for many others in the Volkswagen showroom to my left, and Audi showroom to my right.  ”What an awesome way to start my career,” I thought to myself.

I traveled to Herndon to attend a Graduate Program orientation for the newly formed College Graduate Program where we were to receive an overview of the company. A month or so prior, I had been offered a position as a Graduate in Parts Logistics which I accepted without hesitation. After orientation ended, I set off for Auburn Hills, Mich. to begin the first of many rotations in the Parts Logistics.

By now, I suppose you may be asking yourself, “What is Parts Logistics?” The department is responsible for the distribution of Service Parts to all Volkswagen and Audi dealers throughout North America via a network of Parts Distribution Centers (PDC).  Since I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain & Operations Management, the department is a great fit for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far.

In the coming weeks, I will provide insight on what it is like to work at Volkswagen Group of America, my experience working in Parts Logistics, and why I am passionately pursuing a career at Volkswagen Group of America.

Stay tuned.
Brad

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I recently began a three-month rotation with Parts Logistics Procurement. I’m looking forward to shadowing various Procurement Analysts and learning how they manage their purchasing groups. As you can imagine, there are significant differences in ways that Audi parts are managed versus parts coming from Mexico and Brazil. The lead time to receive the parts are different, the order sizes are different, modes of transportation are not the same, and the parts are not even shipped to the same location. I have been learning a lot, which is good news considering I will be given a purchasing group to manage very soon!

I can’t wait to expand my horizons with this experience. As a Purchasing and Supply Chain major in college, Procurement is right up my alley. This week I joined the Team Building Committee and took on the role of planning the monthly “Parts Night Out.”  It will be a great way to build relationships with co-workers, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity!

Until next time!
Steffani

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Das Auto. VW. VDub. No matter how you say it, our first Volkswagen Group of America Brand Week Series vehicle brand can only mean one thing: the People’s Car.

An American favorite since 1955, the Volkswagen brand strongly influenced the automotive industry in the U.S. When this affordable, family-friendly and, well, just plain cool, brand came on the scene, Americans were presented with new, fun choices to consider when planning to purchase a new vehicle.

Volkswagen is an incredibly iconic brand. Most would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t created a memory with one of the vehicles. In the 70s, our very own Volkswagen Group of America CEO, Jonathan Browning, gathered with friends around a vintage VW bus.

Jonathan Browning and friends

Fast-forward to today, the recently redesigned 2011 VW Jetta was named one of the top 10 picks for the back-to-school crowd. For decades, families on long road trips have kept their eyes peeled for yellow VW Beetles and collected bruises from each “Slug bug!” a sibling bestowed upon them.

More than anything else, these fuel-efficient, high-performance, superior-engineered cars are not only safe, but are fun to drive, too.

For these reasons and more, it’s only fitting that we kick off our weekly Brand series by placing the spotlight on ourbeloved Volkswagen. This week, we’ll be sharing fun facts, take you on a few trips down memory lane and might even share one or two well-known videos on our Facebook Page. For the next five days, it’s all VW, all the time. Stay tuned!

Can’t get enough VW? Get your fix here:

http://blogs.vw.com/

http://blogs.vw.com/enthusiast/

http://blogs.vw.com/conceptcars/

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